Search Capital

8 Pages Posted: 29 Feb 2012

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Carlos Carrillo-Tudela

University of Leicester; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Eric Smith

University of Essex - Department of Economics

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Date Written: February 28, 2012


We construct a simple equilibrium search model in which workers accumulate information about previously met employment contacts. We term the latter search capital. Here search capital (partially) insures workers against adverse shocks. The model provides a theory of job-to-job transitions that are associated with voluntary or involuntary mobility and with wage rises or wage cuts. It also shows why low wage and younger workers are associated with a higher probability of becoming unemployed.

Keywords: search capital, turnover, wage cuts

JEL Classification: J620, J630, J640

Suggested Citation

Carrillo-Tudela, Carlos and Smith, Eric, Search Capital (February 28, 2012). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 3741. Available at SSRN:

Carlos Carrillo-Tudela (Contact Author)

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Eric Smith

University of Essex - Department of Economics ( email )

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